The Health Behaviors (obesity, tobacco use, poor quality diet, physical inactivity, risky substance use, unsafe sex, poor sun protection behaviors) are prevalent and preventable risk factors for chronic disease. Treatment non-adherence is an additional risk behavior that impedes recovery and complicates health outcomes.
Current trials Make Better Choices 2 and Opt-In are part of the lab's work in the intervention development to reduce unhealthy diet and activity behaviors related to obesity. Given expenses associated with traditional behavioral coaching, our work explores the efficacy of interventions on diet, exercise, and sedentary behaviors using feedback supplied via handheld technology. EBBP , along with its sister project, Team Science , aims to help bridge gaps among research, policy, and clinical practice, both in the US and internationally. Dr. Spring explains the importance of cross-dialogue between behavioral science and technology experts in this podcast at NIH. Collaborative work with Erie Family Health Center in Chicago is securing physician input in order to improve provider tools for obesity intervention in electronic health records nation-wide.
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